Wayne Harris joins the AEDC

The AEDC is pleased to announce that Wayne Harris has been appointed as the organization’s new economic developer, replacing Ray White who left the commission in January.

Harris joins the AEDC from Sarasota, Florida where he has an extensive background in economic development and in public relations/marketing. He is also a freelance writer and editor for a number of publications, writing for national and regional business publications, including Florida Trend Magazine, Individual Investor, and HomePC. He also authored Cybertools for Business: A Small Business Guide to the Internet published by Hoover Business Press in 1997.

“Wayne’s background makes him an ideal candidate for this position,” says Anita Hummer, president of the AEDC Board of Directors. “He combines experience in sales/marketing with economic development, which is an excellent match

with the responsibilities required for AEDC’s economic developer.”

Harris spent five years as the vice-president of Technology and Development at the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber

of Commerce. In this capacity, he played a key role in the recruitment and retention of high-wage companies with more than 2,000 employees.

Additionally, he has a strong background as a financial consultant and in public relations. Harris was a NASD Series 7-licensed broker for six years and served as senior public relations and marketing consultant for Ron Sachs Communications, a Top 100 public relations firm in Tallahassee. He also has extensive Web experience both as a developer and in electronic database management.

Harris continues to write for national and regional business publications including Florida Trend.

Harris will begin his new responsibilities in May.